8-11-2006



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VANDALIA WOMAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A 63-year-old Vandalia woman was killed Thursday in a motorcycle accident.  Judith Lovall was a passenger on the motorcycle being driven by her husband when a car struck them from behind.  The accident occurred on Route 185 about a mile north of Vandalia.  Lovall was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital while her husband, 59-year-old Charles Lovall was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Illinois State Police say Charles Lovall was northbound on Route 185 and had stopped to make a left turn into a private drive when he was struck by a car driven by 32-year-old Timothy Neisler of Nokomis.  A third vehicle was then involved when 42-year-old Chester Wyatt of Benld rear-ended the Neisler car. Both Neisler and Wyatt were ticketed for alleged Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 


  NEGOTIATION SESSION FOR UNIT 2 ANNOUNCED

The Unit 2 School District office has announced that a special meeting will be held Monday (8/14) at 7pm for contract discussions.  This will be a mediation session with a third party present.  The negotiations concern the contract for certified staff.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AWARDED ACCREDITATION FROM JOINT COMMISSION

Greenville Regional Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ by complying with the commission's Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's national standards for health care quality and safety.  Darlene Christiansen, executive director of the Hospital Accreditation Program, said the community should be proud that Greenville Regional is focusing on the challenging goal of continuing to raise quality and safety to higher levels.  The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of the hospital on May 30 and 31.  Because this award excludes skilled nursing and nursing home services, Fair Oaks is surveyed separately by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.



ILLINOIS RESPONDING TO AIRLINE TERROR POSSIBILITY

State homeland security officials are taking action to ensure security at commercial airports in Illinois in the wake of arrests in Britain of terrorists suspected of planning attacks on airplanes between the United Kingdom and the United States.  The state has placed special response teams on standby so they can move quickly if necessary.  In addition to O’Hare and Midway, other commercial airports in Illinois are located in Rockford, the Quad-Cities, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy, and Williamson County.  The Illinois Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety assured residents that at this time there is no threat to these airports but they want to ensure that each has the ability to tighten security if necessary to thwart potential copycat incidents.






THUNDERSTORMS RATTLE AREA

A line of thunderstorms rolled through the WGEL listening area around 1pm Thursday dumping heavy rain and rattling windows with booming thunder.  Eastern Bond, southern Fayette, and northern Marion counties were all under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for around an hour. 

The Greenville Fire Protection District was called to the 500 block of west Winter Street where a resident noticed a smell of smoke.  Firefighters discovered a lightning strike had split open a tree causing part of it to fall on a chain-length fence.  They believe the fence became electrified and created the smoke smell in the house.  A block east, power lines were down at the corner of Winter and Charles.  While investigating the smoke smell, firefighters saw sparks fly from an electric meter in a neighboring house.  Members of the fire department canvassed the area for other problem spots.  A short time later firefighters responded to a house on Stephen Street where the homeowner thought she saw a fireball in her dining room.  The thermal imaging camera was used but no problem was found. 

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Tree Split by Lightening and the Fence Thought To Have Been Electrified


FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS TO "FILL-THE-BOOT" FOR MDA

Firefighters and Paramedics in 11 metro east counties will compete to see which city can raise the most money for Jerry's Kids.  These departments will be asking communities to "fill their boots" with cash to help staff the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinics, purchase equipment to aid weakened muscles, pay for children to attend Summer Camp and continue to fund research to find a cure for these diseases.  In the 52nd year of partnership between firefighters and MDA, they are continuing the agency's mission "until a cure is found".

The following departments will be participating in the event.

Carlyle Fire Protection District: Saturday & Sunday Sept. 9th & 10th at the Carlyle Street Fair.

Greenville Fire Protection District: Friday & Saturday Sept. 1st & 2nd and Friday Sept. 15th at Harris & 3rd St., and Saturday Sept. 16th at Capri IGA with a BBQ


ANNUAL HABERER TOURNEY IS THIS WEEKEND

The 9th annual Kathy Haberer Memorial Tournament is this weekend at the PIC Park in Pierron.  Games in this women’s softball tournament get underway at noon each day.  A food stand will be available and a live auction is planned for 7:30pm Saturday with Cardinal tickets, autographed sports items, and assorted gift baskets up for bid.  A dance follows the auction.  This year’s tournament will feature seven teams.  In the past, money raised from this tourney has gone towards a Greenville High School scholarship, a playground for a Sorento church, improvements to PIC Park, and assisting local food pantries.  Kathy Haberer died in 1998 from complications following aneurysm surgery. 





OBITUARIES

ELDON "JACK" LYNN

84 year-old Eldon "Jack" Lynn of Rural Mulberry Grove passed away Wednesday, August 9th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Graveside services for 84 year-old Eldon "Jack" Lynn will be conducted Saturday, August 12th at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery with Military rites.  Friends may call Saturday after 11:00 a.m. at the Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to The Diabetes Foundation or the Heart Fund.


WEATHER

Saturday: Parly Cloudy-30% of Rain-High: 83-Low: 72

Sunday: Partly Cloudy-30% of Rain-High: 85-Low: 70


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Our guests this week are Philosophy and Religion Professor at Greenville College Rick McPeak and Yves Habumugisha, who is the assistant to the director for Food For The Hungry.  Yves and Rick will be telling us what Food For The Hungry is all about.  They will also discuss Greenville College’s recent trip to Africa. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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